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CHARLESTON (AP) — A task force aimed at combatting the rising heroin problem in the capital city region is scheduled to meet. The Heroin Eradication Associated Task Force, or HEAT, is to meet Thursday in Charleston. Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the negative impact of heroin in the county. The growing […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 consumers in West Virginia. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the payments Thursday, crediting the Affordable Care Act. Burwell said the refunds in West Virginia will average $177 per family. The payments are being made under a […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Huntington remains without a permanent police chief four months after Skip Holbrook announced his resignation. Mayor Steve Williams says the selection process for Holbrook’s replacement has gone slower than he anticipated. Williams says he underestimated the time required to conduct background checks of candidates. The Herald-Dispatch reports 37 candidates submitted resumes. A […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife. The Charleston Daily Mail reports Jason Vest of Princeton filed the lawsuit last week in Mercer County Circuit Court. It also names […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia gas prices are down about a nickel a gallon. The Triple A says gas prices nationwide are tumbling because of abundant refinery production. That has led to declining pump prices in the U.S. for 25 consecutive days. In West Virginia, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas now […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Grants totaling $360,000 are headed to 29 solid waste authorities across West Virginia. The grants approved by the Solid Waste Management Board are designed to assist local authorities on properly managing solid waste. The grants range from $1,000 for Berkeley County to $20,000 for Greenbrier, Mercer, Ohio and Wood counties. They money […]

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POINT PLEASANT (AP) — A 20-month-old West Virginia boy suffered “a long agonizing death” from a lack of proper nutrition because his parents traded cash from supplemental nutrition benefits for methamphetamine and other drugs, state police said in court documents. Media outlets report Carla Marie Adkins, 31, of Ashton and Jimmie Ray Edwards, 25, of […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Four National Park Service attractions in West Virginia drew a total of 1.5 million visitors last year. A Park Service report looked at attendance in 2013 at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area. Visitors to those sites spent […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — After largely dismissing the possibility of long-term health problems, federal officials will conduct more studies on chemicals that spilled into West Virginia’s largest drinking water supply in January. In the next two months, federal health officials are also heading back to West Virginia. They want to determine how best to track the […]

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MARTINSBURG (AP) — Police in West Virginia are looking for those responsible for tying a tow rope around the neck of a horse that later died. Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster Jr. tells The Journal that the horse was euthanized Wednesday. Lemaster says two suspects believed to be male teenagers were seen running away from […]

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